Propane tank tampering caused Rock Hill explosion, fire

Propane tank tampering caused Rock Hill explosion, fire

Propane tank tampering caused Rock Hill explosion, fire

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 2:39 PM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Rock Hill Fire Department says an attempt to dismantle a propane tank prompted a large explosion and subsequent house fire that killed one and left one seriously burned.

Thursday, at a home in the 1100 block of Hoyle Street, fire crews found the body of 98-year-old Fred Cathcart.

Authorities believe Cathcart was working to dismantle a 25-pound propane cylinder inside the home, which he believed to be empty, for scrap metal.

When the cylinder head was removed from the propane tank officials say a large pressure release caused the cylinder to explode.

Alice Crockett, 53, was flown to a burn unit in Winston-Salem for treatment.

Family members identified the man who was killed as 98-year-old Fred Cathcart.

The woman who was badly burned has been identified as 53-year-old Alice Crockett. She was flown for treatment to the burn unit in Winston-Salem.

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